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  ISSUE 2/201929 January 2019 
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Our schedule for the spring is taking shape. Confirmed are now two events in March, the Pre-Opening to the Moomin Valley Park in Hanno, Saitama pref. on Thursday, 7 March and the Stora Enso Cup Spring Edition is played on Friday, 15 March. Read more about these events below!

The date for our Annual General Assembly has also been fixed, Tuesday, 2 April at the Embassy of Finland. More information in coming issues but if you are a FCCJ member, mark this in your calendar already now!

Our "Aoyama View" columnist has provided a new contribution, this titled: "Virus and snow in Japan - heavy turbulence outside".

Click banner at right for an engaging read in a wide variety of issues regarding Japan, Finland and the world!

Thursday, 7 March 2019 - FCCJ Special Event


FCCJ organizes, in cooperation with the other Nordic Chambers, a Pre-Opening Tour to Moomin Valley Park in Hanno, Saitama prefecture on Thursday, 7 March. Moomin Valley Park, to be opened on Saturday, 16 March, is the second phase of the Metsä Project. The first phase, Metsä Village opened on 10 November 2018.

Details:
 
Date & Time:Thursday, 7 March , 14:30-20.30
Official program starts 15:15 at Hanno station.
Place: Moomin Valley Park, Miyazawa-ko, Hanno, Saitama pref. [MAP]
Cost:Members 6,000 yen, others 9,000 yen
(collected at the venue unless otherwise agreed)
Incl. bus from Hanno station, dinner with free drinks, train at own expense
Registration:by Friday, 22 February

For the full program and to sign up, click links at right!
Friday, 15 March - Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge
Stora Enso Cup - Spring 2019

The 34th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - the team competition between the SCCJ and FCCJ members - the Stora Enso Cup, is played on Friday, 15 March for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K..

The venue is Taiheiyo Club Gotemba West, in Shizuoka prefecture, which has been the venue for the event seven times in the past. First tee-off is at 9:30 and the cost is 18,090 yen, all included (play fee, caddie, lunch and party after play).

Please click link at right for more information and to sign up.
News from Finland

Unemployment falls to 10-year low in Finland

Finland's unemployment trend stood at 6.6 percent at year-end, the lowest since October 2008.

Figures published by Statistics Finland on Thursday show that the number of unemployed fell considerably last year. At the end of last December, 146,000 people were jobless, down from 228,000 at the end of 2017.

The unemployment rate was 5.4 percent at year-end, while the unemployment trend stood at 6.6 percent – the lowest level since October 2008. The trend is adjusted for seasonal and random variations and is considered a more meaningful measurement of unemployment, according to the agency.

Meanwhile, the trend of the employment rate was 72.5 per cent at the end of December, reaching just above the governmentfs target of 72 percent.

More vacant jobs
At the same time, the number of available jobs saw a dramatic rise, according to the Employment Bulletin from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.

The number of vacancies reported to Employment and Economic Development Offices across the country totalled 89,600 at the end of December last year, according to the bulletin. In comparison, there were 11,200 fewer unfilled positions available in December of 2017.

More than a half - about 46,000 - of the available jobs at the end of 2018 were new vacancies.
Grin of the Week

Christian teachings...

A child at a Christian school was studying the early days of Mormonism in his class. He wrote on his paper,
"The early Mormons believed in having more than one wife. This is called polygamy. But we believe in having only one wife. This is called monotony".
Best regards

Clas G. Bystedt
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This bulletin is published by the Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (FCCJ) and distributed to over 700 recipients among its members and related organizations.

FCCJ was established in April 1999 to promote trade and economic exchange between Japan and Finland and has today 62 corporate members, 19 individual and two special members.